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January 22, 2010

News Notes

Winter Extravaganza Jan 23 at Whitetail [ back to top ]
The 2010 Fort McCoy Winter Extravaganza will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The event is open to the general public and will run from 10 a.m.-close. An inclement weather/make-up date has been set for the same time Saturday, Jan. 30, if necessary.

Activities will begin with a pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. Snow tubing, skiing and a number of special activities, including an obstacle course, a snow pile dig and the Big Air competition, will be held. Ski and snowboard lessons are scheduled from 2-4 p.m.  Discounted pricing will be available.

For more information, call 608-388-3517/4498/or toll free 800-531-4703.

Valentine’s Day Card workshop set for Jan. 30  [ back to top ]

A Valentine’s Day Card Stamping Workshop will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1130 South S St., Fort McCoy. The event is sponsored by the Army Community Service (ACS) Family Focus Program. Sessions will be offered from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.

Attendees must include one adult and one child from each family. Attendance is open to all Fort McCoy active-duty, Reserve, National Guard, Retirees, Department of Defense, nonappropriated fund, contract employees and family members.
Preregistration is required. Class size is limited. To register, call ACS at 608-388-3505 by Monday, Jan. 25.

Basketball League to begin Feb. 2    [ back to top ] 

The Fort McCoy Basketball League will begin play Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.
Games will be held at 11 a.m. and noon Tuesdays. Registration is requested before the Jan. 29 draft. For more information, call 608-388-2990.

Groundhog Day run/walk Feb. 2    [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Basketball League will begin play Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. Games will be held at 11 a.m. and noon Tuesdays. Registration is requested before the Jan. 29 draft. For more information, call 608-388-2990.

Cricket Dart Night tournament begins Feb. 3 at CAC    [ back to top ]

A Cricket Dart Night competition will be held at the Fort McCoy Community Activity Center, building 2000, every Wednesday in February, beginning Feb. 3. Cricket is a dart game that requires three of each different number, 15 and above, and then three bull’s-eyes.

The single elimination event will begin at 6 p.m. Registration is requested by 5:45 p.m. the day of the event. Participation is open to authorized patrons. Morale, Welfare and Recreation prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 608-388-3213.

Youth swimming lessons set to kick off Saturday, Feb. 6 [ back to top ]

Free Saturday swimming lessons for authorized youth in the Fort McCoy community will begin Feb. 6 at the Rumpel Fitness Center pool, building 1122. The lessons will continue through Saturday, March 27.

Registration is under way and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents are asked to contact an instructor to determine which class level is appropriate for their child.

When classes are filled, a waiting list will be developed. If youth who sign up can’t attend the first class, their spot will be given to someone on the waiting list. For more information, call the Fitness Center at 608-388-2290.

Sponsorship training set for Feb. 9 at Army Community Service [ back to top ]
Sponsorship training will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, 2111 South 8th Ave.

The commander’s program helps improve organization cohesion and readiness. Topics covered include command and sponsor responsibilities, program entitlements, types of sponsorships, regulations and forms.

The program assists Soldiers, civilian employees, and their family members during the permanent change of station or the reassignment process. Register by close of business Tuesday, Feb. 2. For more information, call ACS at 608-388-3505.

Indoor triathlon to be held at Fitness Center Feb. 22  [ back to top ]

An indoor triathlon will be held from noon-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122. The event will include a 10-minute swim, 20-minute run and 30-minute bike ride. Individual places in male/female categories will be determined by total distance covered. Participants must be at least 17 years old. For more information, call 608-388-3200.
GeoCaching contest under way, to continue through March 1 [ back to top ]
A GeoCaching Contest is under way at Fort McCoy. Participants can pick up the coordinates at the Pine View Recreation Area Campground or the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. When a cache is found, the entry slip may be turned in to enter to win an Endura Out&Back Outdoor GPS Navigator, sponsored by Best Buy. No federal endorsement is implied.

GeoCaching is an outdoor activity in which participants use a GPS to find the designated hidden container, or “cache.”
The contest ends March 1 and is open to the public. GPS units are available for use free from Pine View Campground.

For more information about the contest, call 608-388-3517 or toll-free 800-531-4703.
Fort McCoy MUIC operating hours announced [ back to top ]
The Mobilizing Unit In-processing Center (MUIC), building 2541, at Fort McCoy is open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, and 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. During the hours the MUIC LOG offices are closed assistance can be obtained by calling (608) 388-2150.
Military Scholarships for Children program still taking applications [ back to top ]
Applications for the Military Scholarships for Children program now are available in commissaries worldwide — including the Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537 — and online through a link at https://www.commissaries.com and directly at http://www.militaryscholar.org.

The applicant must be planning to attend, or already be attending, an accredited college or university full time in the fall of 2010, or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program. Applicants should prepare to submit an essay on the following topic: “You can travel back in time; however, you cannot change events. What point in history would you visit and why?”

Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 17.  At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, visit the Commissary or call 608-388-3542.
Military OneSource offering free tax software/assistance [ back to top ]
Beginning Monday, Jan. 18, Military OneSource will provide free tax services to military servicemembers and their families.
The services include tax consultation and free online tax filing services during the tax season. Participants will have free online access to the H&R Block At Home (formerly TaxCut) Basic Tax product. No federal endorsement of the product is implied.
For more information, visit the Military OneSource Web site at http://www.militaryonesource.com.
Army Emergency Relief scholarships available  [ back to top ]
Army Emergency Relief (AER) offers college aid for dependent children and spouses. The Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program is for dependent children and spouses of Soldiers (active duty, retired or deceased).

Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year scholarships will be available online through March 1 at http://www.aerhq.org.

Online applications must be submitted by March 1. For more information in the Fort McCoy community, contact the AER section at Army Community Service at 608-388-3505.
Gifts to Army Program helps support Soldiers [ back to top ]
With the on-going conflicts, the public wants to know how it can help to relieve many of the stresses and strains Soldiers deal with on a daily basis.  The Gifts to Army program answers the question “How can I help?”

The Gifts to Army program was developed for those who express a desire to contribute to Soldiers and Families and is not intended to solicit contributions. Businesses or individuals who are interested in contributing cash or goods and services to benefit Soldiers and their Families can contact the Fort McCoy MWR Marketing Office at 608-388-2362 or by e-mail at: usarmy.mccoy.imcom-fmwrc.list.dfmwr-marketing@mail.mil.

For general information regarding the Gifts to Army program, visit http://giftstoarmy.army.mil , which was designed to provide a centralized source of information describing contribution options for those who have expressed a desire to support the Army, its Soldiers, and their Families.

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